Azerbaijan Destroys ‘Park of Teachers’ in Artsakh

Azerbaijan Destroys ‘Park of Teachers’ in Artsakh

PanARMENIAN.Net – A video posted recently by Telegram user @ararathau shows the destruction of the “Park of Teachers” in the Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) village of Mets Tagher, occupied by Azerbaijan in the days following the Second Artsakh War in fall 2020.

An inscription about the construction of the park in memory of the teachers of Mets Tagher and Sokrat Aghabekyan is gone too.

The 4th article of the 1954 Hague Convention “On the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict” prohibits any act of vandalism, theft, robbery or misappropriation of cultural property in any form, and also imposes an absolute ban on any acts of revenge against cultural property.

According to the second protocol of the Hague Convention of 1999, which is also valid during international (ethnic) conflicts, the manifestation of hatred, or revenge against cultural heritage is prohibited, and actions that are regarded under Article 15 as an international crime are also prohibited.

According to the Article 53 of the Geneva First Protocol to the Convention of 12 August 1949 (without violating the provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention), it is prohibited: “Without prejudice to the provisions of the Hague Convention of May 14, 1954, it is prohibited to carry out any hostile action against cultural heritage, to use it for military purposes, or make it a subject of retaliation”.